BACI directed attention to the prime minister of Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Boyko Borissov to the united manifesto to heads of state and government, from leading European and national associations, with the emphasis on placing the industry at the heart of the future of the EU. We enclose the manifesto to the letter.
The Spring European Council held on 21—22nd of March 2019 focused on strengthening the European economic base.
A strong economic base is of key importance for Europe’s prosperity and competitiveness, and for its role on the global stage. In this context, the European Council discussed the future development of the single market, the Capital Markets Union, and the digital, industrial and trade policies and dimensions in preparation for the next Strategic Agenda.
INDUSTRY NEEDS YOUR LEADERSHIP
The European Union now needs an ambitious industrial strategy to help compete with other global regions – such as China, India and the USA – that have already put industry at the very top of their political agenda.
We, as organisations representing all sectors of industry in the EU, call on Heads of State and Government to:
- Urge the next European Commission to shortlist industry as a top priority of its 5-year Work Programme and appoint a dedicated Vice-President for Industry;
- Require the next European Commission to swiftly present an ambitious long-term EU industrial strategy, which shall include clear indicators and governance;
- Take stock, each year at the Spring European Council, of progress in the implementation of this EU industrial strategy, and provide political guidance to foster European competitiveness.
We, the Signatories of this Manifesto, count on your proactive and coordinated leadership to make sure that Europe remains a hub for a leading, smart, innovative and sustainable industry that benefits all Europeans and future generations.
Europe can be proud of its industry. Together we must put it at the core of the EU’s future!